I have an example of AWK code that I want to export to HTML, both the code and the result of the code. Since AWK codes are usually run in shell with awk 'some awk code' file I use the shell block. The awk block dosn't run the code, it throws a syntax error, presumably it's meant for pure AWK codes?! Not sure. In any case, the shell block colours everything inside quotes as a string in orangish colour. Is there a way to simply switch off the syntax highlighting? Or make the shell block use AWK highlighting? Or make AWK block run commands like awk 'code' file?

  • I found a way to disable the highlighting: (setq org-html-htmlize-output-type nil).
    – Arktik
    Jan 3, 2018 at 15:52

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You can use AWK block with an input file like this:

#+BEGIN_SRC awk :in-file file.txt :exports results
  {print $4}

Don't forget to add awk to org-babel-do-load-languages

(org-babel-do-load-languages 'org-babel-load-languages '((awk . t)))


 awk -F ";" '{print $4}' test-awk.txt test-awk2.txt

same as

#+BEGIN_SRC awk :in-file test-awk.txt test-awk2.txt :exports results
  BEGIN{FS=OFS=";"} {print $4}
  • I need to show it as an example to be run in terminal as in awk [options] 'code' file1 file2 etc.
    – Arktik
    Jan 3, 2018 at 16:10
  • Running an AWK is not the main issue, for pedagogical purposes I need the whole line of code in the export: awk [options] 'code' files. Your code only exports the code itself. But thanks for showing how to make AWK run in the code block, especially the in-file option.
    – Arktik
    Jan 3, 2018 at 17:07
  • For awk, you should be able to pass command-line options through the cmd-line header argument: :cmd-line -F ";"
    – NickD
    Jan 3, 2018 at 21:08

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